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INDIANAPOLIS -- An Indianapolis Metropolitan Police Department officer fired his service weapon early Thursday, wounding a suspect who police said was involved in a domestic dispute.

The shooting occurred shortly before 2 a.m. in the 5900 block of Ann Marie Way.  Sgt. Kendale Adams said officers were called to the residence around 1 a.m. for a domestic disturbance in which a man had made threats to harm himself and officers.

When police arrived, a woman and three other people met officers and left the home for their own safety. Officers tried to establish contact with the man, who was believed to be in an upstairs room behind a closed door.

“During those conversations, the officers were attempting to deescalate or calm the individual down,” Adams said. “What we know at this point is that the individual emerged from the door and one officer shot the individual. Another officer tased the individual.”

According to Adams, the man suffered a head wound and was taken to Eskenazi Hospital in serious but stable condition. He described the injury as “survivable” during a Thursday morning news conference.

Adams said it was not immediately clear if the man was armed. He had threatened to harm himself or officers; Adams said that “the threat was made with a gun,” but investigators haven’t found a firearm.

There were reports of a "loud pop" before the shooting.

Adams said the man would undergo a mental evaluation. The incident will have two parallel investigations: one criminal and the other internal.



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